Pryor Couple In Fatal Plane Crash Left Legacy
Search crews found the wreckage this morning in some woods near Huntsville. It's believed the plane was flying low and clipped some trees. The bodies of Ivan and Adina Williams were found at the site.
They were on their way back to Oklahoma from Alabama. The couple owns Williams Construction in Pryor.
"I got a text message on my phone and then I had a phone call shortly after that," says Cathy Webster with the Pryor Rotary Club. She met us at Centennial Park where the Williams Family donated the land and with the Rotary Club.. the park was created. "Always can be counted on to be a friend no matter what. No matter what," says Webster.
Ivan Williams was a businessman, and owned a construction company. He and his wife Adina were always giving back. In the schools the couple left their mark stressing the importance of education and creating the Pryor Academic Excellence Foundation."That's a good legacy. Since 1992 there are some organizations that have trouble but we just continue to build and get stronger and it was an idea from Ivan."
Karen Cook is one of the educators who benefited from the Williams family generosity to Pryor schools. Cook is now an Ass't. Principal, "I always had a grant ready, sometimes 2 or 3 and personally I received thousands of dollars worth of grants for the classroom."
Innovative educators had a lot to gain. "You guys know cause you're part of the news how budgets keep getting cut and we have to keep taking away. So they offered things we didn't have to keep taking things away," adds Cook. "I think the legacy that Ivan and Adina have left in the community is not dead it's going to continue cause everything they started is going to keep going," says Webster.